Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: The approximate population of Kingston, Jamaica is 937,700. People describe Kingston as a vibrant, bustling city with a unique culture and a rich history. Expats love the friendly people, the beautiful beaches, the great food, and the vibrant nightlife. The weather in Kingston is typically warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living in Kingston for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $500 to $800 USD per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $800 to $1,200 USD per month.
What do I need to know about living in Kingston?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Kingston, they said:
"Before retiring in Kingston, expats should research the cost of living and the availability of healthcare services. It is also important to familiarize oneself with the local culture and customs, as well as the climate and weather patterns. Additionally, expats should consider the safety and security of the area, as well as the availability of transportation and other amenities. Finally, expats should ensure that they have the necessary visas and permits to live and work in Jamaica," commented one expat who made the move to Kingston.
"Moving here will require you to make a lot of socio-psychological adjustments, for instance, if you are someone who values ordered processes and systems - and I can only assume that as an account, this might be important to you, then you will need to adjust very quickly to the less agreeable aspects of Jamaica..there is a lot of bureaucracy but it doesn't always work in quite the way that westerners expect or at the pace that westerners might be used to. I'm from the UK, of African-Caribbean heritage, though not Jamaican, and I have been here for 18 months now, I truly love living here, but it requires, as I say, some degree of mental adjustments. Please do as much research as you're able to, do come for extended periods of time, get to know people, the neighbourhood you want to live in, etc before you commit to such a huge life changing decision," remarked one expat living in Kingston, Jamaica.
What do I need to know before moving to Kingston?
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